Fit For Duty? Freddie Gray Cop Once Threatened To Kill Ex’s Husband And Himself

It’s bad enough that Lt. Brian Rice and five other Baltimore cops are charged with Freddie Gray’s untimely death. Now, it looks like Rice has had prior issues that cast reasonable doubt on his competence as a police officer.

The Baltimore Sun reports that in April 2012, Rice’s ex-girlfriend Karen Crisafulli (now Karen McAleer) called to request a “welfare check” out of concern for his well-being. She is also a Baltimore cop, as well as the mother of Rice’s son. According to the Sun:

The two had a son together, 6 months old at the time, and had made unofficial custody arrangements. When she didn’t show up to bring the son to Rice, he told her “he could not continue to go on like this,” the [police] report stated.

Evidently the deputies who checked up on Rice felt concerned enough about his mental state to confiscate his service weapon and his other guns and take him to the hospital.

When deputies responded to Rice’s home in Westminster, he “appeared normal and soft-spoken,” according to the report. They believed Rice’s statement “was intended to invoke sympathy and attention.” Still, they seized his service weapon and other guns.

Then in 2013, Crisafulli’s husband Andrew McAleer filed a peace order to keep Rice away from him and from Rice’s and Crisafulli’s son. The judge granted the order but rescinded it a week later.

The Guardian got hold of McAleer’s 10-page complaint and found it makes some serious and credible allegations.

A sharply critical 10-page complaint against Rice, which Andrew McAleer filed to a court in Maryland in January 2013, is being published in full for the first time by the Guardian. It details what McAleer, a Baltimore firefighter, described as a “pattern of intimidation and violence” by the officer.

McAleer’s account also sheds some light on the April 2012 incident:

McAleer said that two months before this, in April 2012, his wife called to tell him to protect himself and her five children from Rice because the lieutenant had called her threatening to kill himself.

In McAleer’s letter to the court in Caroll County, Md. he wrote that he was “seeking protection immediately”  out of “constant fear for my personal safety” and “imminent harm or death from Brian Rice.” In addition, McAleer reported “harassing and sexually explicit text messages.”

McAleer also describes an incident with his wife’s other children that sounds downright creepy:

McAleer said in his court filing, which was first reported by the Guardian last month, that Rice forced one of Karyn McAleer’s young children to “shoot” a photograph of her and her husband that Rice had “taped to a piece of cardboard intended for target practice.” It was not clear from the filing whether any weapon was actually used.

Oh, and there was yet another incident that occurred in June 2012, in which McAleer describes Rice as smelling like alcohol, pulling a “black semi-automatic handgun from the trunk of his vehicle,” and threatening to kill McAleer.

Rice was ordered to stay away from McAleer, his home and his workplace after a series of alleged confrontations, including one armed standoff in June 2012 when officers from two police departments responded to a 911 call and spent 90 minutes diffusing the situation.

McAleer explains that he was finally driven to file for the court order because five days before, Rice had driven up to his house, got out and started yelling and waving his arms, slammed the car door shut, then began revving his engine, flashing his headlights and inching the car closer to Rice.

McAleer seeks protection from Rice.

Here’s the entire complaint against Rice from the Guardian.


Featured photo: Baltimore police officer Brian Rice’s mugshot with screen shot Andrew McAleer’s complaint via the Guardian.